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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Hi, it's my first time posting here, and I have had MDD since I was a child I believe. I had no clue what my daydreams really were, and I daydreamed a lot, and had a big imagination and what not. But once I got older the daydreams never really…Continue
Hi! I'm 21 yrs old and i think i started daydreaming when i was 15. I was so shy back then that I cant even initiate a conversation with anyone so I just listened to music and imagined myself being with friends. I didn't know about it then but now.…Continue
Does anyone else feel conflicted? As in most times DD is under control, relaxing, and OK and other times it sends you into a horrible horrible depression?I can't tell if I just slip into super lows and blame the daydreaming or if the daydreaming…Continue
Hello all, this is my first time posting, so please bear with me. I have been experiencing issues with MD since I can remember (i am now almost 21 years old) and some of my earliest memories are of very vivid, involved and immersive daydreams that…Continue
So we all know how easy it is to implant a false memory, right? I mean, for starters, memories are never entirely reliable and become even less so as time passes. But a memory specifically regarding a traumatic incident is very easily changed; a…Continue
At first, I want to say (write:)) hello, that's my first time when I write here (and probably last, cause I'm too lazy lol) although I've made this account long ago. And my English... Yeah, and mistakes... I'm not sorry (or I just wanna think that…Continue
***That moment when you sign up on this site years ago and haven't actually said a thing until now.ugh I had one job how hard is it to talk to people mother of--Hello! My fake internet name's Spotted Shadow! Feel free to call me... anything(?) you…Continue
So I was thinking about the characters in my daydreams & what roles they fill. In every DD scenario, no matter how different the realm, I always have a set of roles present that characters play. A strong Alpha male who is very protective of me,…Continue
Hi everyone! There seem to be quite a few people looking for ways to stop MDDing, so I figured I would share my story :)I started daydreaming when I was around 11, mainly as a coping method to deal with ugly life events. In middle school, I would…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue